Hooray for 5th Avenue, bonfires and model trains

Posted Online: Oct. 07, 2012, 10:03 pm
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By John Marx, jmarx@qconline.com
To the best of my knowledge:

-- Some haircuts are simply a cry for help.

-- There is no such thing as a mild concussion.

-- That was the most butchered infield-fly call in baseball history Friday-past in the National League Wild Card game, and I am a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

-- We all have that one friend who has the right to remain silent, but does not know how to exercise it.

-- A billion dollars raised and to be spent to win a job that pays less than a half-million? The president and the man who smoked him in the recent debate need to stop the buying-of-influence nonsense.

-- Moline's 5th Avenue is the best-looking downtown street in the Quad-Cities.

-- Halloween is overrated, but haunted houses, hayrides, etc. are cool.

-- Bonfires rock.

-- You should never play Monopoly with a 9-year-old who likes math.

-- Jimmy Kimmel is funny. Joke's on me. I thought the guy would last 15 minutes as a late-night talk-show dude.

-- Herb Niemann, who left us this past weekend at age 74, was a wonderful educator who touched the lives of thousands in Rock Island during his 35 years in education. Niemann did things the right way, expected his students to strive to be their best, but sparkled when it came to helping the youngster who was struggling. He refused to allow anyone to give up.

-- This gas-gouging thing that's going on around us is getting mighty old.

-- Model trains rock. So do restored Lincoln Continentals with suicide doors.

-- One of the bad things about history is that it repeats itself.

-- As soon as one well-traveled Quad-Cities stretch of road is fixed, another one goes under construction. This cycle never ends.

-- Jerry Sandusky, who will be sentenced on Tuesday, should spend the rest of his life in prison.

-- There is no such thing as "resting comfortably'' when you are in the hospital. No one rests.

-- As soon as the economy gets better, everything else will get worse.

-- Remodeling is never done.

-- You play horribly all day, and then you make that one shot that brings you back. That's golf.

-- There should be a law passed that all hamburgers should be dressed with Boetje's mustard.

-- "Hotel Transylvania" is worth 90 minutes of your day and the taking out of a second mortgage to buy popcorn and soda at the theater.

-- No matter how much they push back, young people want to be pushed.

-- There is nothing more rude than the convenience store clerk making you move from one register to another. If a register is closed, PUT UP A SIGN. Better yet, ring up the customer paying the freight at the register he has innocently walked up to.

Columnist John Marx can be reached at (309) 757-8388 or jmarx@qconline.com.


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  Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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